An exciting and educational project
The project participants at GKN Aerospace Norway provided input for the shaft’s design and production process.
– Many people in operations, technical, and method ownership at GKN have been involved in the production of the shaft, which was completed and sent just before Easter 2023. It will now proceed to the assembly test at GKN in Trollhättan and then to the assembly at MTU in Munich, says Bakke.
He doesn’t hide the fact that it has occasionally been a challenging project.
– There were some bumps and delays along the way, but the communication and collaboration with both GAS (GKN Aerospace Sweden) and MTU were good. The project was highly educational and gained a lot of experience.
GKN would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the project.
– Clean Sky 2 has contributed to strengthening GKN’s relationship with MTU, which can lead to new opportunities or contracts in the future, for example, through upcoming phases in Clean Sky. Moreover, the project has contributed to the development of a greener aviation industry of the future, in line with GKN Aerospace’s visions.
At GKN, we are constantly working to optimize and improve sustainability solutions. Therefore, we have assembled a dedicated sustainability team consisting of Urszula Jaciszyn, Roger Moe, and Eilev Aakre. We call them the sustainability heroes.
– Being sustainable is crucial for GKN Aerospace Norway. By focusing on sustainable solutions, we enhance our ability to recruit, experience increased revenue, and gain greater competitiveness. Choosing sustainable solutions does not come at the expense of anything else, explains Eilev Aakre.
Another important aspect for improved sustainability is GKN’s utilization of solar energy. Among other things, we use the sun and solar energy as a power source, as an environmentally friendly alternative to electricity.
– We are working towards replacing all electricity with solar energy. Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is another exciting field we are working on. Just imagine – in the future, aircraft parts could be produced in a printer!